Illinois becomes last state to legalize concealed guns
Posted Jul 9, 2013 5:09 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough
Thwarting an attempt by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to rewrite a compromise bill legalizing concealed guns, both the state senate and house voted to override the governor's amendatory veto of the bill.
The move makes Illinois the last state in the country to legalize concealed guns, the Chicago Tribune points out.
Illinois was the only state banning concealed weapons, but faced a court-mandated deadline Tuesday to enact regulations following court rulings that the prohibition was unconstitutional.
Quinn had accused lawmakers of caving to the interests of the National Rifle Association.
The legislation doesn't automatically mean residents can carry concealed weapons. Licensing and regulations will take months to implement before valid concealed carry licenses are issued, the Tribune reports.
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